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    Musicianship Development Thread

    There's lots of threads in this sub-forum where people can declare their skills in musicianship or appreciate their favourite kind of music or song etc..

    What's missing is a resource for musicians to refer to for ideas on how to develop their skills and also to ask for help when stuck at a plateu.

    Shared resources could include links to online resources (e.g. YouTube tutorials) and personal tips from experience.

    How do you further your skills in chosen instrument? Do you practise set pieces of music or do you improvise while playing a favourite song in the background? What is your most used resource?

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    Hey, cool thread.

    I never practise, but I know LOADS of stuff :P And I teach. Mostly piano, but I know stuff for most things.

    In terms of piano technic, Hanon's exercises are great.
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    I wonder if we have any sound engineers around? I'm not learning, but it sure would be great to have a knowledgeable third party to talk through things with from time to time!

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    Hey Azvanna, it's funny I found this thread just now, with the guitar-string crease marks still in my fingers ...

    I play several instruments, my favorites being the electric guitar and the bass. I've taught myself through a variety of resources, from youtube to mail order lessons to the "how-to-play" videos that come with iLife. The way I practice is first, by finding a song I love and want to play, which is never hard, and then by finding the music for it and, well, learning it! I always play songs, because if I love a song I will never have to force myself to practice it, I'll do it for fun and get better in the process.

    I'm also working at the sound engineer thing. I'm a bit of a one-man band, and I'm working on a few demos right now with me on guitars, bass, drums, keys, and vocals. I've been getting great results so far recording and mixing right here in my basement, and since it's a subject I have endless interest in I'd be happy to discuss it with you sometime. Feel free to PM me if you'd like to talk!

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    Re: Musicianship Development Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Starlight View Post
    Hey Azvanna, it's funny I found this thread just now, with the guitar-string crease marks still in my fingers ...

    I play several instruments, my favorites being the electric guitar and the bass. I've taught myself through a variety of resources, from youtube to mail order lessons to the "how-to-play" videos that come with iLife. The way I practice is first, by finding a song I love and want to play, which is never hard, and then by finding the music for it and, well, learning it! I always play songs, because if I love a song I will never have to force myself to practice it, I'll do it for fun and get better in the process.

    I'm also working at the sound engineer thing. I'm a bit of a one-man band, and I'm working on a few demos right now with me on guitars, bass, drums, keys, and vocals. I've been getting great results so far recording and mixing right here in my basement, and since it's a subject I have endless interest in I'd be happy to discuss it with you sometime. Feel free to PM me if you'd like to talk!
    Hello, Starlight! Thank you for responding. Glad to have found a sound engineer! You have taught yourself pretty much the same way I have, by the sounds. I have never heard of iLife, though. I will have to Google it. You are sooo lucky to have recording equipment! Thank you for making yourself known.

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    Re: Musicianship Development Thread

    Any recommendations for a podcast that teaches guitar scales? I need to learn them >< Been playing 15 years now and still haven't learned.

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    do we have any piano players? i play piano and cello.

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    Re: Musicianship Development Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Azvanna View Post
    Any recommendations for a podcast that teaches guitar scales? I need to learn them >< Been playing 15 years now and still haven't learned.
    Major scales are Tone T Semitone T T T S. So pick a fret and play!
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    Re: Musicianship Development Thread

    Thanks for responding, I think I have found what I need though. It's a guitar theory podcast. I'll post back if I found it useful.

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    Re: Musicianship Development Thread

    My husband linked this article on Facebook today. He actually has skill, whereas I just fake it. lol ^.^ The article is called "Guitarist's Brains ARE Different From Everybody Else's." http://cms.guitarplayer.com/artists/...ne-elses/25820
    I was really excited to read this article! Imo, it extends to any musician or anyone involved in creative arts. In this article, they're talking about what heaps of us mean when we say we're in the flow of it. Whatever 'it' is. It's all that ground work you've done in practise letting itself overflow out of you. I have a huge article on how to cultivate 'Flow,' but simply it is putting yourself into the position where something is not too hard, but not too easy. So you build steadily from routine, throw in a few unexpected changes and see what comes out. The idea is that you are operating mostly from sub-conscious, but your conscious mind stays slightly alert, but not enough to be critical. For me, that means playing along with other people. I'm not pushing myself so hard anymore in my musicianship so I get bored easily. However, when I'm playing with other people, I have to stay aware of what they're doing and adjust. If they are doing the same thing, before you know it, we are all flowing together incredibly well and having fun with music.

    For me, playing with others points out where I need to improve as well. Sometimes I feel like I want to do something, but I just don't know how to do it. So I have to go and learn the technique, ready for the next time.
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